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Anger Management for Children
January 16, 2011
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Francine
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My sister-in-law and 12 year old nephew have been attending a counselling group once a month to work through his anger management issues. We have been surprised and not a little shocked to learn that anger management - or the lack of it - is a growing area of concern.

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January 16, 2011
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I think it is a great thing for kids if they need it.  I can't believe how many children I see acting out in the "wrong way" when things are not going their way.  My daughter gives me grief from time to time too.  I think I might even look into something like this.  I wonder if this counseling teaches him a way to let his frustration and anger out in a good way?

January 16, 2011
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I think it is good if it helps. I think also that it is not the only avenue of assistance. I have observed that food allergies can exacerbate negative reactions and increase anger in some children (most notably reactions to food dyes such as Red 40).

January 17, 2011
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I think anger is a part of the bullying that is going on today.  It's also a cry for attention as a rule.  Counseling with the children and the parents can be highly beneficial in managing anger.

January 17, 2011
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They are doing really well - the counselling is making him think about the consequences of his actions. He is a bully - he's even made a teacher cry. With him the counseloor decided to work with focussing on the consequences BEFORE working out the causes.  I think that was her professional decision after assessment - sometimes it can be done the other way round. But my nephew couldn't see that what he was doing was wrong.

They did also discuss diet and he had some allergy tests - in his case it wasn't an issue, but you are right, Alise, that can be a factor.

Francine

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